Thursday, January 10:

Pulling carrots in January is more than a way to put fresh vegetables on the table.  Bridget the sorrel pony crowds the gate when she sees someone in the garden; she knows we know she’s entitled to one of the big carrots and all the small ones.  The black spotted pigs in the calf barn keep up a steady squeal until a few tops are dropped over the wall into their pen.  The bulk of the carrots, of course, go up to the house where they are topped and washed for the table; in the morning the laying hens will get a pound or two of fresh carrot greens with their morning feeding of skim milk, oats and wheat.  It all comes home again in the shape of eggs and bacon.